Memphis –Christian Brothers University (CBU) selected Samantha Bownes (Biology ‘12), Paige Campbell (Psychology ’12), Andrew Greenop (Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics ’12), Steven Menezes (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’12) and Samantha Noland Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy ’12) as its 2012 class of the Lasallian Fellows. These five students were chosen because they embody the values set forth by St. John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers teaching order.
The Lasallian Fellows Awards were made possible by a generous donation from CBU Board of Trustee Joyce A. Mollerup and her husband Bob Buckman. These awards are presented to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership and service. Each student is nominated by a member of the CBU faculty and staff because of their commitment to the underserved, sensitivity to social and community needs, active nature of their faith, and creation of a difference in the world and lives of others. Each Lasallian Fellow is awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community.
Bownes came to CBU with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian, but in her sophomore year she applied to the prestigious Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program and trained at the Heifer International’s Global Village in Arkansas. Upon her return she was inspired to pursue a medical career and provide humanitarian aid to the poorest of the poor. She is the founder of Visible Campus, a student organization with the mission of spreading awareness of global poverty. Proceeds from a campus book drive and the sale of jewelry made by Ugandan refugees raises money to fund Ugandan schools and pay children’s medical fees. This past summer, Bownes spent two weeks in Uganda as a MHIRT participant, assessing health needs such as water supplies and the availability of refrigeration for medicines. In addition to her rigorous load of science courses, she volunteers at the Med two days a week.
Campbell single-handedly started a youth group for the elementary children at her church at the age of 13. She planned weekly lessons, organized games, and taught them songs and skits to perform on Sundays. In 2008, Campbell came to CBU to major in Psychology and brought her change-making skills with her. Her interest in working with and on behalf of children has continued through her service as a tutor for children at the Memphis Family Shelter and a local elementary school. Campbell has also served each year with Up ’til Dawn, most recently as a Morale Captain. Campbell’s service goals are not limited to children, however. Each spring since 2010, she’s also helped host a “Senior Prom” for residents at Trezevant Manor retirement community.
Greenop is an outstanding member of the CBU Honors Program and Honors Council. He has managed to achieve that elusive balance of being an excellent student as well as a very active member of the CBU community, where he is known for his generous gift of time and talent. Greenop joined the Math Center as a tutor in his freshman year and he continues to be much in demand both there and as a tutor for the Living Learning Community. He has held leadership roles in Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Search Retreat program; as a Peer Counselor and as a team captain for Up ’til Dawn. In addition to those responsibilities, he is currently sacristan for the CBU Student Mass.
Menezes serves as president of the CBU chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), treasurer of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, vice-president of the CBU chapter of the Mathematical Association of America, chair of the 2011 Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC), member of the Faculty/Student Judicial Board, and also works as a Resident Assistant. Menezes provides a regular helping hand to those needing tutoring and computer assistance, and has expanded these activities to the “Month of Zen” (a free program for repairing and upgrading the computers of faculty) and the “Week of Sensei” (a tutoring service offered by seniors to students prior to exams). In addition, he provides technical support for Pirate Radio, the Science Olympiad competitions, Up ’til Dawn, and MATHCOUNTS, a math competition for middle school students.
Noland, a Plough Scholarship recipient, is a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy. She has worked as a President’s Ambassador since her freshman year, where she provides campus tours to prospective students. She was the Training Chair for the ambassador program, was named Ambassador of the Month twice and Ambassador of the Year for the 2009/2010 school year. Noland is a founder and first president of CBU’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and a driving force in the re-organization of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. She is member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Mathematical Association of America, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has volunteered with the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society and participated in a community-wide adoption fair this past April. In addition, she assists in the annual Science Olympiad.
As the 2012 Class of Lasallian Fellows, these five students exemplify the spirit of the award and the Lasallian values. This new generation of community-minded individuals perpetuates the tradition of CBU graduates who act on their beliefs and make a difference in the world. ###